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David Sims (Chairperson) – I have lived in Oakley for the past 25 years and became a parent governor in November 1992.  4 years later on re-election, I became the local authority (non political) representative, and have remained in that position ever since.  I am in the middle of my 7th term of office, and have been Chair since 2003, having been Vice Chair for a few years before that.  I have three children, all who have attended our Junior school and gone on to do well in Cranbourne, and then local colleges. One has a masters in Maths and Stats and has taught in China; another has a degree in Education and is now a teacher in the Independent sector KS1; and my youngest is now a Senior Instructor with an  Outdoor Pursuits Charity.   I have worked in the public sector for over 40 years and am currently working for Hampshire County council.

I am also a local Youth football referee ( 25+ years) , and attend St Leonards Church where I am one of the  service leaders. I am interested and remain enthusiastic about all aspects of Education – including Spiritual, Moral, Academia ; Sporting, Drama and musical; and the social / relationship building in the playgrounds.  I believe that one of our key roles is to prepare as much as possible our children for KS 3.

Claire Rosevear (Vice Chair and Curriculum and Standards Chair) – Maths and English Link Governor – I have been a parent at the school since 2012, when the eldest of my three children started in Year 3, and  I am in my second term as a Parent Governor.

My role is heavily curriculum focused and I feel privileged to be able to see ‘behind the scenes’ and witness the staff’s hard work and dedication in this area. I have observed how the school is constantly pushing to improve and I am extremely proud to be a part of where we are now and where we are heading.

Kirstie Walker – (Resources Committee Acting Chair) – I joined the Oakley Governing body as Co-opted Governor in November 2017.  I have two children, both who have attended Oakley Juniors, one currently in year 5 and one in year 7. I’m proud to be associated with a school that offers so many different opportunities to the children, there really is something for everyone.  I am currently Acting Chair of the Resources committee and the Safeguarding Governor.  In my professional life I’m a Qualified Accountant and currently a Financial Controller for a software business.

Julie Moore – Co-opted Governor, Curriculum and Standards Committee. – I joined the Oakley CE Junior School Governing Body as a Co-Opted Governor in November 2017.  I am a member of the Curriculum and Standards Committee and SEND Link Governor. I have a son in Year 4 and a daughter in Year 7. I am a teacher and currently work at Oakley CE Junior School as a member of the Support Staff, having spent time teaching in South Africa . I’m proud of the reputation the school has within the community and really enjoy being a part of ‘our’ school.  I look forward to its continuing successes over the coming years.

Ryan Spicer – Co-opted Governor, Resources Committee. – Towards the end of 2017 I became a school governor to play a part in ensuring that Oakley Junior School continues to offer the high standard of education, sports and culture.  I have two children, one that attends the Infants school and one at the Junior.  Professionally I am a manager for a company that develops products for the media sector.

Co-opted Governor – VACANCY

Rebecca Podevin – Staff Governor, Curriculum and Standards Committee – I joined the Governing body in September 2019 and I have been teaching at Oakley C of  E Junior School for just over two years.  I currently teach Year 6, I co-ordinate maths and Music across the school and I am also  the curriculum leader.  I have two children who are at Secondary school and have been a KS2 teacher in Hampshire, Berkshire and Worcestershire Educational Authorities for twenty years.  I hope to bring my expertise of teaching practises and curriculum knowledge to the governing board and also represent the other teaching staff.

Jennifer Bunkle – Foundation Governor

Michael De Vos – Parent Governor – I have three children, my son is at Oakley Juniors and I have twin daughters in the Infant school.  Professionally I am a project manger for a main contractor who specialises in building schools. In the local community I assist coaching the Oakley U9 cricket team. I joined the Governing body at Oakley Junior School in September 2019, with the intention of supporting the school in maintaining their high level of standards currently being delivered, in all aspects of education. I look forward to working with the rest of the governing body and school in the years to come.

Rev Dr Ben Kautzer – Foundation Governor – I joined the Oakley Governing body in May 2019 when I took up my post as the Rector of Oakley with Wootton.  In addition to my responsibilities on the board of governors, I play an active role in the religious education and collective worship at the Junior school, as well as supporting the social, mental and spiritual well-being of the school community.  I am passionate about seeing our young people grow in knowledge, wisdom, character and compassion and it is an amazing privilege to serve in a school filled with such inspiring students and staff.  I have two sons, one in the Oakley Infant School and the other in a local nursery.  Prior to ordination as a minister in the Church of England, I pursued an academic career in religious higher education

Mr Neal Coleman – Co-opted Governor – I joined the Oakley Governing body in September 2019.  I have two children, one in Oakley Juniors, the other in the Infant school.   I have been keen to be more involved with our local community, and believe the school is at the heart of this, and feel privileged to now be involved with such a great school.  In my professional life I am a risk manager for a financial services company.